Memories, Miracles & Meaning

“May we learn from the past and never forget.
May we learn from our heritage and conduct ourselves accordingly.
May we understand that hate is never good and love is never bad.”

Powerful Insights from
a Holocaust Survivor

In Memories, Miracles & Meaning, written at the age of 95, Holocaust survivor Fanny Krasner Lebovits recounts her inspirational and emotional story of loss, resilience, and survival and describes the joys and challenges she faced in rebuilding her life and family on three continents. Combining historical context and observations on the human condition, Lebovits shares her heartbreaking and triumphant memories, her belief in miracles, and the insights and meaning she draws from her experiences.

Fanny’s mission is to ensure the Holocaust is never forgotten and never repeated, and to show with her story that every human life holds immeasurable value.

Fanny Krasner Lebovits describes her life as “a series of miracles.” At age nineteen, Nazis invaded her home town of Liepāja (Libau), Latvia. Within days, her father and more than a thousand Jewish men were killed. By the end of the war, she had lost seventy-nine family members. Her training as a nurse helped her survive the Libau ghetto and five different concentration and labor camps. After being liberated, she weighed just fifty-nine pounds and had no worldly possessions. She worked in Germany with the United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration, then was employed by the World Jewish Congress in Sweden where she lobbied for a Jewish state and saw her dream of the State of Israel come to fruition.

Fanny married and built a close family and successful business with her husband in South Africa before immigrating to the United States. She is a strong supporter of Israel, a spokesperson against hate, and is active in many organizations, including her beloved Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. Fanny has received recognition and numerous awards for her dedication to various charitable causes. She currently resides in La Jolla, California where she maintains an active schedule of lecturing, family activities, an extensive network of friendships, and charitable and community involvement.